Music icon Beyoncé’s concert documentary Homecoming of her infamous 2018 Coachella headlining show gives her myriad of fans a glimpse inside her high-profile life.
The legendary singer was still bouncing back from a difficult pregnancy with twins in 2017. Queen Bey dazzled in appearance and performance, especially taking pride in being able to fit into her former costumes pre-pregnancy. When the legendary singer shared her weight loss news with husband Jay-Z, his reaction was a tad understated, at least in the opinion of this former First Daughter.
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Chelsea Clinton recently watched the Netflix documentary with husband Marc Mezvinsky. When they reached the part in the film where Beyoncé Facetimes her husband to show off the positive costume fitting, Clinton felt Jay-Z’s reaction fell flat.
“It wasn’t the ‘I’m so proud of you. That’s amazing’ that I arguably think any woman deserves, particularly someone who has clearly worked herself body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit to get to that place,” Clinton said on how the rapper should have praised his wife’s achievement. “And I said, ‘Marc, if that’s ever me, you better have more enthusiasm.’”
Clinton’s husband acknowledged his wife’s assessment but was eager to move on with the film. “Marc was like, ‘Duly noted.’ And I was like, ‘I bet every woman watching this has this sense of ‘She deserves more enthusiasm,’” Clinton shared, according to People. “Marc was like, ‘I got it. Can we go back to watching it, please? We’ve talked about it three times in the last 90 seconds.’”
In Homecoming, Beyoncé revealed the many challenges she endured during her pregnancy with twins Sir and Rumi. “My body went through more than I knew it could. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth, I had an extremely difficult pregnancy,” she shared, according to Time.
The singer had to deal with a plethora of physical complications, including a high-pressure delivery. “I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia, and in the womb, one of my babies’ heart beats paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section,” Beyoncé revealed.
Chelsea may have a point
Considering the amount of work and determination it took for Beyoncé to get back into pre-pregnancy shape, Clinton’s opinion may be justified. The singer’s extremely restrictive diet and rigorous workout and rehearsal schedule proved to be daunting for the mom of three.
“In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol. I’m hungry,” Beyoncé revealed, as reported by Time. “Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a six-year-old and twins that need me and give of myself creatively is a lot to juggle.”
The music icon feared that she would not get back to where she needed to be physically. “There were days that I thought, you know, I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same,” Beyoncé said. “I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. It took me a while to feel confident enough to freak it and give it my own personality.”
While Beyoncé acknowledged that she made “a huge accomplishment” by fitting back in her costume just 33 days before her Coachella performance, she realized that she may have done too much too son. “It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children, I have a husband, I have to take care of my body,” she shared. “I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I learned a very valuable lesson: I will never, never push myself that far again. I feel like I’m just a new woman in a new chapter in my life and not even trying to be who I was. It’s just so beautiful that children do that to you.”
Considering all it took for Beyoncé to pull off the stellar performance she did at her historic Coachella performance, Clinton’s words of wisdom should be heeded to those who may one day be put in the same situation as Jay-Z.